Last month I invited a few of my friends over for another one of my tea parties! This one was a little bit different though, as I decided to have a tropical themed tea party to celebrate summer and the amazing heatwave that we were experiencing! I’m sad that the heatwave is now over…
So instead of stuffing our faces with sandwiches, cakes, and scones, I came up with a more summery themed menu as I wanted to try something a little bit different to my usual. Gone were the floral vintage tea cups and fancy silver cutlery, and in its place were brightly coloured flamingo printed paper plates, pink plastic cutlery, and watermelon napkins. Check out my top tips on how to throw a tea party!
For the food, I decided to make chicken wraps in two different flavours; peri-peri and fajita seasoned. I cooked the chicken just before my guests were due to arrive and also warmed up some mini tortilla wraps and grilled some halloumi cheese. To go with the wraps, I put some bowls on the table with lettuce, grated cheese, salsa, and sour cream dip. Plus some delicious Nando’s perinaise sauce (so yummy, you must try it!).
I also made some cheesy nachos simply by putting some tortilla chips in the oven sprinkled with cheese and salsa and then serving on a big tropical leaf plate that I bought in Poundworld! Overall I was pretty happy with how the food turned out, and it was a big hit with my friends!
All of the tropical themed tableware and décor was purchased on a budget. I was really chuffed to find the blue paper plates with the flamingo on in the Paperchase sale reduced to only £1.60, and the pink plastic cutlery set was only 25p in Poundland (a couple of spoons were missing)!
The watermelon print bowls and napkins were from Home Bargains for less than £1 each, and I also couldn’t resist picking up the Hawaiian flower garland necklaces too! The tropical print glasses are from Sass & Belle, the flamingo straws off Amazon, and I bought the tablecloth from eBay. The fruity lemon and watermelon bowls I found in Tiger for £2 each, along with the lemon napkins which I opened out to use as place-mats, which were only £1.
For dessert we had a selection of fresh fruit and a lemon drizzle cake which I had bought from the supermarket, but I decorated it myself. I wanted the cake to look like a beach, so I covered it in blue glacé icing which dripped over the edges, and then added brown sugar to look like sand. I then popped in a cocktail umbrella, some plastic flamingos and little palm trees. I was quite pleased with the finished effect! I also made some pink lemonade and put it in my flamingo pitcher jug along with fresh lemon slices.
As well as the cake I also made some little Eton Mess desserts and served them in my vintage ice cream sundae glasses that I found in a charity shop last year. They’re so easy to put together and they look quite fancy! All you do is crush up some meringue, slice some strawberries and raspberries, and whip up some double cream. Chuck it all in a glass and you’re good to go! Easy peasy and so yummy!